Harbaugh Bowl: Top Sights of the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans
Super Bowl XLVII
Unless you've been living under a rock, you're most certainly aware that one of the biggest storylines for this year's Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers is the fact that the head coaches, John and Jim Harbaugh, are brothers (thus it being dubbed "Harbaugh Bowl," "Harbowl," "Superbaugh," etc.).
I thought we could all use a break from that storyline to focus on some of the more picturesque features of Super Bowl LXVII and give you some information about it that you may not yet know. But before we get to that, let’s look at one more slant on the Harbaugh Bowl. Did you know that this year's Super Bowl isn't the Harbaugh brothers' first head-to-head football competition between their NFL clubs? That's right. The Ravens and 49ers competed previously at the 2011 Thanksgiving Classic (a series of three NFL games played on Thanksgiving Day).
Another point of interest with any Super Bowl is the entertainment. This year the Associated Press reported that the halftime show will be headlined by Beyoncé with collaboration from her former group, Destiny's Child, and because you can't have Beyoncé without her husband, rapper Jay-Z. The league also announced that Alicia Keys will perform the national anthem although she says she'll be performing it like it's "a brand new song."
One other thing to note about the 2013 Super Bowl (before we get to the sights), since the AFC and NFC teams rotate between home and away and it's NFC's turn, the 49ers are designated as the home team and elected to wear their red jerseys.
And now, enjoy the top sights of the 2013 Super Bowl LXVII (slideshow above).
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New Orleans Skyline
The Superdome is in New Orleans, Louisiana and this is the beautiful downtown New Orleans skyline at night.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome was previously named Louisiana Superdome (prior to Mercedes-Benz purchasing the naming rights in October 2011) and is located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The seating capacity for NFL football is 73,208 and can be expanded to hold 76,468.
The Regency Hyatt Hotel is located adjacent from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and blocks from the French Quarter, Morial Convention Center and the Mississippi Riverfront.
A Super Bowl banner was erected onto the hotel (shown above) in celebration.
This is a view of the Skywalk mall prior to the invasion of Super Bowl XLVII festivities (still looking pretty festive).
A sample of some of the team merchandise and memorabilia that New Orleans NFL shops have to offer during Super Bowl XVLII. These are 49ers and Ravens beads (merchandise with a New Orleans flare).
NFL Fan Experience at Super Bowl XLVII
The NFL Fan Experience is part of every Super Bowl. This one is being held at the New Orleans Convention Center. With more than 50 interactive activities, there are a few activities for kids, but the majority of it is geared towards those ages 12 and up (the bigger "kids").
Baltimore Ravens: Ed Reed
Baltimore Ravens Free Safety, Ed Reed, arriving in New Orleans along with the rest of the Ravens at Louis Armstrong Airport.
Baltimore Ravens: Ray Rice
Baltimore Ravens Running Back, Ray Rice, arriving in New Orleans along with the rest of the Ravens at Louis Armstrong Airport.
Baltimore Ravens: Ray Lewis
Baltimore Ravens Linebacker, Ray Lewis, arriving in New Orleans along with the rest of the Ravens at Louis Armstrong Airport.
Mystic Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade
The Mystic Krewe of Barkus is a New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade for dogs. Similar to a human Mardi Gras parade, the dogs are in costume according to a theme. This year's parade was held on Jan. 27 at the French Quarter and the theme was Tails & Tiaras: "Here Comes Honey Bow Wow."
Jim Harbaugh Press Conference
San Francisco 49ers Head Coach, Jim Harbaugh, addresses the media at his press conference held at the Marriott New Orleans.
John Harbaugh Press Conference
Baltimore Ravens Head Coach, John Harbaugh, addresses the media at his press conference at the Hilton Riverside Hotel.
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers Cam Johnson, Anthony Davis, Darius Fleming and Bruce Miller enter the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during media day in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII.
2014 Super Bowl XLVIII Logo
Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled to be held on February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The logo is pictured above.